4 unique and alternative destinations for year-round sun

SAM | 24th March 2017

If you’re hoping for a much-needed break in the sun in the future, you might want to consider skipping the same three-star resorts on the Costa del Sol and opting for a more memorable experience, away from the crowds.


Travel provides us with an opportunity to unplug and relax, but it is also a chance to enrich our lives with new experiences and see something new in the world. There are plenty of destinations that are tailor-made for a dream vacation in the sun, whilst also offering a wealth of new experiences that will change your perspective and teach you something about the world around you. Here are the very best ones you should be considering visiting.


Island Hopping in the Philippines 


4 unique and alternative destinations for year-round sun



If you’re looking for a tropical island retreat, skip the overcrowded tourist traps of Bora Bora, Bali, and Koh Phi Phi and head straight for the untouched islands of the Philippines. While it doesn’t offer the same party circuit or wellness retreats as The Maldives, the thousands of islands that line the Philippines are perfect for adventure seekers looking to explore the best of South East Asia. Whether you’re kayaking around the limestone lagoons of Palawan or exploring the canyons of Cebu, it’s always more fun in the Philippines.


Serenity in Mozambique 


4 unique and alternative destinations for year-round sun


For a laid-back beach getaway with a distinctly local flavour, skip Spain and head straight to the unspoiled coast of Mozambique in the south of Africa. The 1500 miles of pristine coastline of this friendly country is ripe for exploring, with clean white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, and well-developed tourist infrastructure. Make sure to do Mozambique the proper way, by staying with a local in one of the pastel-coloured guest houses on the coast of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Also, don’t forget to gorge on peri peri chicken, a local specialty.


Decadence at the Palm Jumeirah 


4 unique and alternative destinations for year-round sun


If your idea of a perfect getaway is jaw-dropping luxury that won’t break the bank, then a trip to Dubai, the economic and cultural heart of the United Arab Emirates, is definitely on the cards. There are countless places to stay, but if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy your own beachside oasis, then consider booking into accommodation on the Palm Jumeirah, a manmade island off the coast of Dubai. According to the UAE realtor Bayut, the Palm Jumeirah is the largest manmade island on the planet and comes fully equipped with luxury villas, adventure sports, world-class restaurants, and nightlife hubs. What more could you ask for?


Adventure in Montenegro 


4 unique and alternative destinations for year-round sun


The Balkans, having emerged from the trauma of the last century, are finally emerging as world-class travel destinations. While Croatia may already be a little overrun, Montenegro is a jewel that is simply waiting to be discovered. The coastal nation feels equal parts East and West, due to its long history as a crossroads between Europe and Asia. There are award-winning vineyards, deserted beaches, rugged mountains lined with ancient monasteries, and the bustling capital of Podgorica, all waiting to be discovered by you.


When you’re ready to embark on your next travel adventure, skip the tourist traps and consider these emerging destinations instead. Boasting the perfect combination of being off the radar whilst enjoying a fully developed tourist infrastructure, these are the places to go.